Meet the New Leaders in Wisconsin ARES/RACES - 2013

Northwoods EC (Oneida & Vilas Counties)

My name is Ray Mark KB9CBL and I am the new EC for Northwoods ARES (Oneida and Vilas Counties).  I have a long history with Public Safety beginning when I was 16 years old with Explorer Post 570, then sponsored by Rhinelander PD.  That led to a Police Dispatcher position, a side branch to EMT for Oneida County Ambulance, then a 20 year tour as Law Enforcement Officer in Minocqua, now “retired”.  Severe weather events and trained spotter reports got me interested in Amateur Radio and I got my Tech Plus ticket in 1989.  I am currently a General and have the Extra Class study manual staring at me, but current duties as Operations Manager at The Waters of Minocqua keep me busy too.

I served as AEC for several years and switched positions with Steve Seifert KC9MKE.  I’m glad to have Steve and Chuck Pace KC9KAK as fully qualified assistants.  We are very fortunate to have Ken Kortenhof KC9HBX as Emergency Management Director for Oneida County and Jim Gallaway for Vilas County.  As a group, we’ve started training on Radio Direction Finding (Fox Hunt) and APRS and will continue to expand our capabilities.

Northwoods ARES has an informational Net every Sunday at 7PM on the 146.940 and 147.120 linked repeaters, PL 114.8 for both, and all Amateurs are welcome.  For more information, please contact me at

Juneau County EC

I am Larry Dudzinski K9LRD, newly appointed Emergency Coordinator for the County of Juneau. I have been interested in the hobby for some time but never took the test. In the summer of 2008 when the city of Elroy flooded from the Baraboo River I looked for a place to help the community. While looking for a volunteer site to help where needed I came across my neighbor (who is part of the American Red Cross) trying to place a call with her cell phone, all the lines where busy or unable to connect.

I remembered about ham radio and learned about emergency communications. I found a test date and the technician study guide. Passed the test and went to a local fair where I meet the Juneau County Amateur Radio Club. Talked with a couple of local hams and joined the club.

I became an AEC in 2009, with much training and volunteering for events both local and surrounding counties I found a place that I feel I can make a difference and aid in support in the event of another emergency.

In December 2009 I upgraded to General Class and completed many of the ICS courses. I took part in the AUXCOMM training class and continued training in different modes of communication.

I am looking forward to take the next step in assisting the county in its alternative communication needs.

Fond Du Lac County EC

Greetings fellow ARES Members, I hope this finds you well!

My name is Todd Beay, my call is AC9EX. I live between Brownsville and Oakfield on the very Southern edge of Fond Du Lac County with my wife Mary and our family dog (Stryder) for the last 13 years. We have 2 grown children and 8 Grandchildren, with 1 more on the way in February 2014. I have recently been appointed as Emergency Coordinator for Fond Du Lac County. My goal is to continue the high standards set by my predecessor Steve Smith. I am looking forward to meeting and working with all of you. I am new to the ARES Organization and learning a lot. I attended the 2013 ARES Conference in Wisconsin Rapids and it was great, I met a lot of my peers in the surrounding Counties as well as the Wisconsin ARES Leadership. Thank you for making me feel welcome! I look forward to meeting more of you as time passes.

As for my background, I served 10 years in the Wisconsin Army National Guard in a Radio Mechanic (31V). I have been in the Industrial Maintenance Field for 25 years now and I currently manage the Maintenance Department for a Beverage Company in Milwaukee. I upgraded to Extra class at AES Superfest ‘13’. I also became a Volunteer Examiner just recently. I wanted to give back to the hobby that I enjoy so much!

My Ham interests include DX Chasing and Digital Modes on the HF bands. I also enjoy building antenna’s and electronic projects. As well as VHF repeaters, you can hear me every morning and evening on my commute to and returning from work.

Todd Beay AC9EX
Fond Du Lac County ARES Emergency Coordinator

Waukesha County EC

Welcome and Greetings.

I would like to introduce myself. My name is Gregg Schulz and I have been appointed the new Emergency Coordinator for the Waukesha County ARES/RACES team. It is an honor to be appointed to represent our County as EC and I have some pretty big shoes to fill.

My duties in ARES started in 2008 when I joined the Waukesha County ARES/RACES Team. I became an Assistant Emergency Coordinator in 2011 and took over as acting EC in August of this year (2013) and am looking forward to the challenge as EC for Waukesha County into the future.

My wife and I are both ham radio operators. She have been a ham radio operator since 2009 and I since 2007 and are both active in ARES/RACES. Heather, KC9QXD is the Assistant District Emergency Coordinator for SE Wisconsin and she is also the President of the State Chapter of the Pink Hamsters, an organization devoted to ladies in ham radio.

I am one of the Assistant Skywarn Coordinators for the Milwaukee Area Skywarn Association. Much of the springtime, you can often see me training the public on the identification, evaluation, and reporting of severe weather to the National Weather Service, one of the ARES served agencies. I also help to coordinate our Skywarn nets and can hear me on the Milwaukee Repeater Club repeater asking for and taking reports of severe weather from spotters.

I also have I was a firefighter from 1996 until 2008. During that time, I was certified as a State of Wisconsin EMT-basic, Heavy Equipment Operator, Motor Pump Operator, Rescue Technician, and Hazardous Materials Technician to the Operations level. These experiences give me some insight into how our emergency services agencies could use our communications abilities during emergencies to lessen the burden on their members.

I look forward to working to the other ECs across SE Wisconsin and across Wisconsin as a whole. If you have questions on the Skywarn programs or training opportunities in SE Wisconsin, Emergency Services, or have any other general question, you may reach me at

Gregg Schulz, W9AWX 
Waukesha County ARES/RACES Emergency Coordinator

Waushara County EC

Greetings to all.

My name is Kevin Hankes, KC9AEI from Wautoma, Wisconsin. I have recently been appointed Emergency Coordinator for the Waushara County Area ARES/RACES. ARES/RACES has not been in Waushara County for some time and I am looking forward to bringing a very valuable emergency resource back into this area.

I grew up in the Village of Reeseville my entire childhood and a few years of my adult hood. While I was growing up in High School, I worked part time for Beaver Dam Broadcasting until it was bought out by Good Karma Broadcasting in 1998 mainly doing production and sports. This is where I began to get my first taste of Ham Radio. It wasn’t really too long afterward I started going to field day events and then studying for my Technician Class license.

Once High School ended, I went to college for Criminal Justice in Appleton. While I was in college, I finally earned my technical license and started participating in ARES/RACES nets across Southeastern and North Central and North Eastern Wisconsin. My love for ham radio grew and now I own an HF station that I operate out of my home and participate in all sorts of nets across the world with my General Class license and I am also currently studying for my Extra Class.

I have lived in Wautoma since April 2008 where my wife and I got an apartment on the east side of the city. We decided in December of 2010 that we were going to make Wautoma a permanent place to live once we purchased our home.

I look forward to meeting everyone and working with everyone as well. Take Care.

Kevin Hankes, KC9AEI
Waushara County ARES/RACES Emergency Coordinator

Northeast Wisconsin ARES/RACES DEC


I’d like to introduce myself. I’m Michael Martens, KB9VBR. I am the new DEC for the Northeast Wisconsin district and I’m honored to be chosen for this position.

I’d like to thank Mark Rasmussen for his tenure as the previous DEC and look forward to working with him as the new SEC. I know I’ll have some pretty big shoes to fill.

As for myself, I lived in the Wausau area since 1978 with the exception of about 5 years in Madison while attending the University of Wisconsin. I have a degree in Communication Arts and have worked for the last 20 years in a variety of positions in IT, sales, marketing, and non-profit management. Recently I spend 3 years in the non-profit sector employed with the local Boy Scouts of America Council and am currently self employed, running a online marketing and consulting business. I’m married for almost 20 years to my wife Christine and have two children: Greta a senior, and Carl a sophomore at Wausau East High School.

I was first licensed as a Tech Plus in 1999, received my General in 2000 and achieved Amateur Extra in 2002. Emergency Communications has always been a draw for me, and have been an active member of the local ARES/RACES and SKYWARN teams since getting my license. I served as AEC for Marathon County ARES/RACES and have been their EC since 2006. I’m also active with the Wisconsin Valley Radio Association and currently serve as the club president. I also dabble with antennas (you may know me as, amateur television, and HF voice and digital modes. Besides amateur radio, my other hobbies include photography, cooking, camping, and bicycling.

I’m usually a pretty active person, but am pretty easy to get ahold of. Email at is usually the best unless it’s urgent, then phone call at (715)845-4218 works. I’m an advocate of the power of social media and may use those channels to disseminate information. Feel free to connect with me personally on Facebook or on Twitter (@NEWIARES).

Thanks again for everything you do in your community. I’m looking forward to working with you.


Michael Martens

Barron County ARES/RACES EC

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend,

My name is Bill Tornio, and my amateur radio call sign is WY9E. I have recently been appointed as Emergency Coordinator for Barron County ARES/RACES. This EC position has been open for some time, so we are for the most part starting from scratch to rebuild our visibility in the area.

A little about myself. I grew up in Turtle Lake, WI – left for about 7 years to find my home in life and found it – back in Turtle Lake, WI. I’ve lived here with my wife and family for over 30 years. I’ve worked at a plastic injection and aluminum die cast manufacturer the whole time in a number of different capacities. Currently I manage our Cost Estimation team. I’ve always had some interest in Ham Radio, but that interest peaked in 2009 when my brother-in-law (Jerry, KC9PUD) and I decided to take the Technician class. I passed the Extra Class exam in spring of 2011. I’ve been a member of the Polk County Amatuer Radio group for a couple years. With all the possible areas to play with in this fine field, I’ve found that the emergency assistance side has been one area that I can use my radio skills while enjoying the hobby and at the same time helping others. I’ve got a lot to learn not only in emergency management, but in the vast knowledge of Ham Radio, and will be looking for many of you to guide me along. Together we can be a strong team to assist in the emergencies that arise.

I look forward to meeting and working with all of you.

Thanks, 73,

Bill Tornio WY9E 
WI ARES/RACES EC, Barron County


To: KC9UPE (Sauk); KC9FNM (Columbia); WB9ADB (Dodge); KC9IKI (Jefferson); KC9QQO (Rock); KB9WZM (Green); W9VL (Iowa)

Greetings friends!  Many of you know me already, but this seems like a great time for a formal introduction.  I am Luke Ziobro, KC9IFF;  I live in Blue Mounds, WI and I work at Epic in Verona, WI.  Earlier this year I was appointed as the Emergency Coordinator for ARES/RACES in Dane County, succeeding Tim Pierce, KB9UAJ.

My Amateur Radio journey began 8 years ago just as I had moved into Dane County (from Walworth County).  After getting settled in, I decided that I wanted to get my Amateur Radio license with the goal of being involved in public service activities.  At the time I knew no one that was a ham, but I did hear about an upcoming Technician class at UW Space Place.  Shortly after going through the class and getting my license, I joined the Dane County ARES/RACES group.  Much of my time since has been served by wearing an Assistant Emergency Coordinator hat while handling areas such as public service, administration, and the group's website.

Now, I have the opportunity to fill the shoes of an EC.  I'm looking forward to working with all of you as Wisconsin ARES/RACES moves onward and upward!


Luke Ziobro, KC9IFF

Brown County ARES/RACES EC

Hi everyone, My name is Dennis Carr, and my amateur radio call sign is KC9OIS. I have recently been appointed as Emergency Coordinator for Brown County ARES/RACES (BCARES). I am taking over for Dave, N8KQS, who has been doing an excellent job over the last five years. It's truly an honor to be appointed as his successor. He continues to be a tremendous source of inspiration and a great mentor. I share the same level of commitment and professionalism that he has provided to Brown County ARES/RACES. My goal is to build on the foundation he has laid, increase interest in ARES, and strengthen our team.

My professional background started out in two-way radio repair of land/mobile, aircraft and shipboard communications. I've held a General Class Radiotelephone license with a Ship RADAR endorsement since the early '70s. After 15 years, I crossed over into PC & mid-range computer repair and eventually into programming and systems support. My interest in Amateur Radio began while listening to storm spotters on my scanner in 2006 while I was recovering from several back surgeries. I’ve been an active member of Brown County ARES since 2008 when I got my General license and joined ARES. In January 2009 I became an AEC with BCARES as the Net Manager, building our NCS operators to a current level of 9 and setting up a new website for the organization which contains a complete online database of our members. I've worked closely with Dave (N8KQS), filling in for him at meetings, conducting training sessions (Winlink, FLDIGI and others).

In September 2009 I completed my Community Emergency Response Team training and became a member of the Brown County CERT Leadership Council. In 2010, I was invited to attend the CERT Train-the-Trainer course at the Indiana Department of Homeland Security's Search and Rescue Training Center located at Camp Atterbury, Edinburgh, Indiana and received my CERT Instructor's Certificate. Since then, I have conducted several CERT training and refresher courses. In 2012, I formed a non-profit organization, the Northeast Wisconsin Association of CERT Instructors (NEWACERTI), made up of local volunteer CERT instructors. The purpose is to keep the CERT training program available free to the public and increase public awareness about disaster preparedness. CERT seems like a good fit, as it parallels ARES and provides a source of potential new recruits for both groups.

My wife and I live with our two dogs in southeastern Shawano County, near Briarton. I love tinkering with electronic projects, building my own antennas and learning about new communications techniques and modes that can improve communications and be adapted to ARES.

I hope that we (BCARES) can work together with the surrounding ARES/RACES groups and exchange knowledge, ideas and training with your groups to increase our value to the agencies in the communities we serve. I am committed to ARES/RACES, disaster preparedness and volunteer public service, and I look forward to meeting and working with all of you. Please feel free to contact me with questions, comments, or advice.

Thanks and 73,

Dennis L Carr
Brown County ARES/RACES Emergency Coordinator

New EC for Ozaukee County 

Hello everyone,
My name is Art Davidson, and my amateur radio call sign is AC9CD. I have recently been appointed as Emergency Coordinator for Ozaukee County ARES/RACES (OZARES). I’m following in the footsteps of Mike Yuhas, AB9ON, who held the EC position for the past 4 years. I hope to maintain the level of commitment and professionalism he provided to OZARES.
Some background on me – I’ve been an Ozaukee County resident since 1980 (at that time there were lots of farmer’s fields instead of subdivisions). I am a recently retired physician (Anesthesiologist), having practiced for 30 years in Milwaukee and most recently in Grafton
My interest in Amateur Radio began in high school, but due to academic and medical practice constraints, I did not become licensed until 2009, with the call sign KC9PXR. I upgraded to Extra in early 2012. I have been a member of OZARES since 2010 and currently serve as vice president of the Ozaukee Radio Club as well. My other interests include DXing, astronomy, and technical mountaineering.
I have a strong commitment to public service and look forward to meeting and working with all of you. Please feel free to contact me with questions, comments, or advice.
Thanks and 73,
Art Davidson AC9CD

New EC for St. Croix County


I wanted to take a moment and introduce my self. My name is John Kruk, N9UPC, and I am the new Emergency Coordinator for St. Croix County WI. I am taking the place of Jason Winget, N9XYX, who has been doing a fantastic job over the last five years and I am honored to have been appointed to be his successor to the position.

Quickly a little bit about myself for those of you who do not know me. I have been licensed since 1993 when I got into the hobby after encouragement from my father, Wally Kruk N9VAO, who is the current EC for Sawyer County WI. Amateur radio was a great fit for me and I have enjoyed it ever since I started in the hobby.

I live in Baldwin, WI with my wife Jess K9BIS and our first child, Brienna born in June, and our dogs so our house is always busy and never has a dull moment. As for my professional career I am active and involved in public safety serving as a Paramedic for the Baldwin Area and in EMS for the Sawyer County Area. I have also served in other public safety roles from fire fighting, first responding, law enforcement, and 911 PSAP Dispatcher. I started in the field at age 16 and the only thing that I have been involved in longer than public safety is amateur radio.

Through my public safety training I have been well versed in NIMS/ICS/FEMA training. I am also completing my Bachelors of Science in Public Safety with a focus on Emergency Management. I think this ties in really well with emergency preparedness and the goals of ARES/RACES. I am lucky enough to say that I was also one of the few that was able to be the first group of amateur radio operators that took the FEMA AUXCOMM course in Wisconsin this past year.

One of my biggest things I pride myself on is mutual aid and interoperability with different organizations and agencies. Even though we may be separated by county lines of authorities, roads, land, and rivers we are still one big family and group in emergencies. I love training on different communications and scenarios while making them fun. I hope that St. Croix County can not only work together with the surrounding ARES/RACES group but also do training with your groups to increase the knowledge base and ideas we all share.

You will find that I am always open to communication from anyone for the betterment of the organization or hobby. While I might not use an idea right away or possibly ever it does not mean that I am not interested in open, in depth, and thoughtful conversations. For as much internal communication that needs to take place within an organization, in my opinion, the same amount must take place in an external fashion.

In closing please feel free to contact me at anytime for related topics or issues to ARES/RACES. My Email is: for ARES/RACES related issues to St. Croix County.

Thank You for your time and I hope to speak to you all soon and maybe try to work on a large scale amateur radio drill this year sometime?

John Kruk - N9UPC
Emergency Coordinator St. Croix County, WI


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